Celebrating Fifteen Years of Google Maps

Google Maps was introduced 15 years ago on 8 February, 2005. First launched on desktop, Google Maps helped users search for nearby businesses and navigate from Point A to B.

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Thanks for 15 years of Google Maps!

Today, Google Maps is used by more than one billion people every month around the world.

Every month, Google Maps connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The new Google Maps icon to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Before we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps tomorrow, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how much ground Maps has covered over the years, both in Singapore and worldwide.

Google Maps Milestones: 2005 – 2020

  • 2005
    • 8 February
      • Google Maps launched on desktop.
    • 28 June
      • Google Earth introduced with satellite imagery.
  • 2007
    • 29 May
      • Street View is born, with 360-deg scenes of street-level imagery.
    • 28 November
      • Google Maps for Mobile launched.
  • 2008
    • 23 June
      • Google Map Maker unveiled.
  • 2009
      • Google Maps is made available in Singapore.
    • 24 September
      • Place Pages introduced.
    • 28 October
      • Navigation comes to Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation.
    • 29 November
      • Singapore the 1st country in the world to have public transport & real-time traffic info on Google Maps.
  • 2013
    • 19 February
      • Indoor Maps launched in Singapore.
  • 2014
    • 6 May
      • Browse info about eateries & hotels by opening hours, ratings, prices etc.
  • 2015
    • 10 November
      • Launched offline maps.
  • 2016
    • 19 October
      • Indoor maps for 5 MRT stations in Singapore.
  • 2017
    • 27 April
      • 30 special collections of Singapore on Street View.
  • 2018
    • 18 July
      • Motorbike Mode in APAC including Singapore.
    • 1 October
      • Vehicle occupancy launched in Singapore.
    • 24 October
      • More accurate & up-to-date 360-deg Street View of Singapore.
  • 2019
    • 11 February
      • Launched Live View with augmented reality.
    • 15 March
      • “Wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation.
    • 30 July
      • Singapore’s hawker centres on Google Maps.
    • 13 November
      • Translator feature added to Google Maps.
  • 2020
    • 6 February
      • New Google Maps icon to celebrate 15th anniversary.

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